Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership Grant

Grant Title: Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership Grant (UCAP) FY16
Funding Source: Job Growth Fund
Maximum Award Amount: $200,000
Expected Number of Awards: N/A
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,450,000
Application Deadline: May 26, 2015, 5:00 p.m. MST
Program Start Date: July 1, 2015
Program End Date: June 30, 2016
Contact Information: dws_ucap@utah.gov
dws_ucap@utah.gov

Purpose

UCAP has been designed to strengthen collaboration between education, industry, and economic development in order to better respond to the needs of regional and statewide-designated clusters. UCAP has been a successful model for collaboration in cluster industries and has demonstrated success in developing new educational programs that support industry growth.

The overarching goals for projects funded are to: 1) increase the number of individuals who earn industry-recognized credentials that enable them to compete for employment in high-wage, in-demand, and emerging industries and occupations; 2) develop career pathways with multiple entry and exit points for students along the post-secondary education continuum; and, 3) create systemic change that will last beyond the grant period by establishing partnerships, agreements, processes, and programs that better connect education, training, workforce, and employers to meet industry needs within the regional economy. High-growth industries and occupations are defined as those that: 1) are projected to add substantial numbers of new jobsto the economy; 2) are being transformed by technology and innovation requiring new skill sets for workers; 3) are new and emerging businesses that are projected to grow; or 4) have a significant impact on the economy overall or on the growth of other industries and occupations.

Eligibility Requirements

This Grant will provide funding to:

  • Public post-secondary educational institutions to develop, implement, or enhance educational programs that are responsive to regional and statewide industry needs.
  • Industry Trade Associations located in Utah that serve a state designated industry cluster or regional economic need.
  • Public school districts, individual schools, or charter schools to develop, implement or enhance career pathway programs and connecting them to post-secondary institutions. Funding may also be used to develop, implement, or enhance STEM programs or STEM activities in the classroom. This may include Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities.

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